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Bridge to Terabithia
- By: Katherine Paterson
- Narrated by: Robert Sean Leonard
- Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
Jess Aarons' greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in his grade. He's been practicing all summer and can't wait to see his classmates' faces when he beats them all. But on the first day of school, a new girl boldly crosses over to the boys' side and outruns everyone.That's not a very promising beginning for a friendship, but Jess and Leslie Burke become inseparable. Together, they create Terabithia, a magical kingdom in the woods where the two of them reign as king and queen.
- By R. G. Pickering on 09-16-16
Great Telling of a Great Story
What did you love best about Bridge to Terabithia?
This story is so incredible. It was my favorite book as a child, maybe because it was the first book that I felt the author was treating children like real people, but it is still so fantastic. This story has not eroded with time, it has gotten stronger. I love that this story talks about imagination and childhood as well as life and grief.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Bridge to Terabithia?
I have always continually been drawn to the parts in which Jess is trying to make sense of what has happened. I don't want to spoil, but seeing how a child copes with the death of a loved one is so memorable for me.
Which character – as performed by Robert Sean Leonard – was your favorite?
I liked Robert Sean Leonard's performance of May Belle, interestingly enough. She is a 6-year-old girl, but somehow he was able to capture all the nuances in May Belle's speech.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
How far can your imagination take you?
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